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Commissioner of Patents: Drew Hirschfeld

Drew Hirshfeld has now taken-on the role as Commissioner of Patents at the USPTO after being appointed by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.  Hirshfeld is filling the office left by Peggy Focarino’s recent retirement.  Earlier this year I suggested that Hirshfeld was a likely appointee. Commissioner Hirshfeld has been with the USPTO for more than 20-years. […]

Patentlyo Bits and Bytes by Anthony McCain

Mike Snider: Patent Pool Wants Payment For Streaming Video Kimberlee Morrison: Are Your Tweets Protected Intellectual Property? Joseph Mandour: San Diego And Salt Lake Battle For Comic Con Trademark Donald Zuhn: CBO Provides Cost Estimate To Government To Implement Innovation Act Eleonora Rosati: Can Jane Birkin Actually Require Hermès To Rename Birkin Bag?   Get […]

“Mom Throws Dream Party for Personal Injury Lawyer-Obsessed Toddler”

5 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Too much time listening to jingles: a Louisiana toddler so idolized the New Orleans personal injury attorney he saw regularly in TV commercials that his mom agreed to throw him a Morris-Bart-themed second birthday party. [Jacob Gershman/WSJ,...Show More Summary

Police unions roundup

5 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Police union files grievance to regain job for University of Cincinnati cop charged in Sam DuBose death [WXIX] Also Ohio: “Forget Criminal Charges. Disciplining Officers In Cleveland Is Hard Enough” [Carimah Townes, ThinkProgress] “How...Show More Summary

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

6 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

This week, we got a lot of reactions to the huge (but not necessarily surprising) discovery of evidence showing that Happy Birthday has been in the public domain for nearly a century. There was a general agreement that this whole situation...Show More Summary

Another case for lowering the drinking age

17 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Very few countries have a national age as high as 21, argues Jeffrey Tucker at Newsweek (originally FEE), and women of college age may be more vulnerable if the only drinking venues available are dorms and fraternities. R.J. LehmannShow More Summary

Report: Texas AG Will Be Indicted On Monday

Texas AG Ken Paxton will reportedly face multiple felonies come Monday.

My radio appearance in Charlottesville

You can listen via guest host Rick Sincere’s column at the Virginia political blog Bearing Drift. Tags: on TV and radio, Virginia My radio appearance in Charlottesville is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

This Week In Techdirt History: July 26th - August 1st

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago The last few weeks have been full of copyright ridiculousness, but this week in 2010 features a lot of exploration into copyright's nuances. First, the Copyright Office and Librarian of Congress finally outlined DMCA exemptions...Show More Summary

3 Lies That Linger Even After Rolling Stone’s UVA Rape Story Was Debunked

Even after the Rolling Stone debacle, many dubious beliefs persist about women who allege that they have been sexually assaulted, the men those women accuse, and how the media reports on it.

“Danny Trejo Does A Lawyer Ad”

Not the first time a Hollywood figure has lent his name to attorney promotion, but with a better-than-average disclaimer: “Danny Trejo is not an attorney or a client. He’s a paid badass.” [Lowering the Bar] Tags: chasing clients, movies film and videos “Danny Trejo Does A Lawyer Ad” is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

Awesome Stuff: Making GovTrack Even More Awesome

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

If you pay any sort of ongoing attention to Congress, you're probably familiar with GovTrack, the extremely useful online resource created by Joshua Tauberer in 2004, containing robust info on the status of all the bills that hit the floors of the House and the Senate. Show More Summary

Toddler Enjoys Lawyer-Themed Birthday Party

Well, this seems to have happened in January but didn't receive the publicity it deserves until the WSJ's Law Blog covered it recently. Obviously I need better sources in Prairieville, Louisiana. That's the home of the Dobra family, whose youngest... Show More Summary

New Rules Limit Impact of Law School-Funded Jobs

Law school graduate employment rates are about to look a little worse at some schools in the wake of a new proposal adopted Friday by accreditors. During a meeting in Chicago, the American Bar Association’s accrediting arm voted to limit the amount of credit schools get for paying to find graduates jobs. Through what are [...]

New Law School Courses Explore Nietzsche, Guns and Bible

A trip to a shooting range, a deep dive into Nietzsche and an exploration into what's ailing American cities. These are among the adventures that law school students can look forward to this fall.

Circuit Check v. QXQ, Inc.: Analogous Art Doctrine

By Jason Rantanen Circuit Check Inc. v. QXQ Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015) Download Opinion Panel: Louie, Dyk, Moore (author) Although it shows up only occasionally in the Federal Circuit’s opinions, the analogous arts doctrine can play an important role in structuring and limiting obviousness determinations.  Here, it is a key component of the Federal Circuit’s […]

Ridiculous 'Terrorist Reporting' Provision In Intelligence Authorization Would Undermine The First Amendment

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A few weeks ago, we wrote about a troubling provision that the Senate Intelligence Committee had inserted into this year's intelligence authorization bill, which would require social networks to report to the government any "terrorist activity" they see on their systems. Show More Summary

And Now Here Comes Every Other Comic Convention With Trademark Apps For The Generic 'Comic Con'

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Roughly a year ago, we brought you the very dumb story of the San Diego Comic-Con suing Don Farr Productions, organizers of the Salt Lake City Comic Con, for trademark infringement. If ever there were a classic case of a trademark that had moved into a generic status, "comic-con" and similar iterations would have to be it. Show More Summary

DailyDirt: Hello, World Universe! Hello? (Is This Thing On?)

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) hasn't yielded much, and some of the results are even a bit embarrassing. We don't really know what to look for when we're listening for alien signals. There's growing evidence that planets like ours are not rare in the universe, but that doesn't necessarily mean intelligent life is abundant. Show More Summary

Freedom Of The Press Foundation Sues DOJ Over Its Secret Rules For Spying On Journalists

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The wonderful Freedom of the Press Foundation is now suing the US Justice Department for refusing to reveal its rules and procedures for spying on journalists. You can read the complaint here. The key issue: what rules and oversight exist for the DOJ when it comes to spying on journalists. Show More Summary

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